Published: February 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM
I got to thinking about this a little after drawing a few comparisons. I already know how this is going to go, but I'll ask a serious question to those who've ridden both. I'm sure that most of the Florida homers haven't but I'll ask anyway. Time to take a shot at a sacred cow.
A lot of people talk of Hulk's launch as the best...one called it the best few seconds in the industry, but I'll ask again. Which launch is really better? 0-120 in 4 seconds up a 420 ft vertical top hat, or 0-40 up a 110 foot 45 degree incline into a dive loop. The Hulk's launch is good, but it just doesn't stack up to the sheer, intense power and speed of Dragster. Also, what is all this talk of the Hulk's great theme? There isn't really much theme to it at all...certainly no more (maybe even...gasp...less?) than the drag strip theme that Dragster has.
That said, the only real thing that Hulk has over Dragster is the fact that it's a full circuit coaster with plenty of B&M goodness. The best few seconds in the industry aren't found on Hulk though, they are found on Dragster. Regardless it's still a one trick pony, and the title of best coaster can't go to one of those. For that reason alone, Hulk wins.